Monday, February 01, 2010

The Canadian Book Challenge 3- 7th Update

Here we are, another month under our belt and past the halfway mark.

Before moving on, let's first acknowledge two of Canada's literary greats that passed away in January: P.K. Page and Paul Quarrington. Any favourite books or memories of either? Going through my archives I was surprised to find I hadn't reviewed any books by Page. I've definitely come across her work in plenty of anthologies and consider myself a fan. Here's one review I did a while back of a book introduced by Page. As for Quarrington, my only experience was with King Leary, which I loved and reviewed here. I've had The Ravine sitting unread on my shelf for a while now, but I'm still very much looking forward to it. I'm sorry, not the stirring tribute either of these people deserve, but I still don't feel I've gotten to know either of their work sufficiently yet-- only enough to say I want to read more. Any recommendations?

Now to lighten things up a bit, I've created a couple more Canadian literature themed Sporcle quizzes for your enjoyment: Cremation of Sam McGee Rhymes and Famous Canadian Authors. Have fun!

And now the Olympics. This month the world's focus is on Canada. British Columbia. Vancouver. And while I'm excited for a bunch of reasons (not the least of which is that a friend of mine gets to sing in the opening ceremonies), I also sympathize with the political issues surrounding the games. Thanks to Flying Buttresses and Matthew Good for reminding us this past week. For what it's worth, I agree with the concept of the Olympics. But has anyone ever handled it correctly? And is it even possible? Anyone have some easy answers to sell? In the meantime, just a reminder that you have one more month to read and review books for the Olympians prize pack.

Speaking of competitions, have you voted in the most recent Great Wednesday Compare? It features two canuck authors: Ann-Marie MacDonald and Joseph Boyden.

Moving on, this is a roundup after all, what Canadians books did you read and review for the challenge last month? Add your links in the comments below as well as your overall total so far!


John Mutford said...

I read two Canadian books in January

Michael Kenyon's The Beautiful Children


Neil Christopher and Larry MacDougall (illustrator)- Stories of the Amautalik

bringing my total to 19.

pussreboots said...

I've read a bunch but so far I've only posted one review of my recent Canadian reads: The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder.

pussreboots said...

I should add that my total of reviews written is up to 8. My total read is 12.

Teddy Rose said...

I didn't get to read any Canadian books this time around. As for the Olympics, it's a major inconvenience for those of us who live here. As a social worker, I am frustrated because we were promised a small percentage of social housing as a result of us hosting the Olympics and they have already reneged on that.

The only people benefiting from us hosting is big business, as usual!

Corey said...

I finished my 8th - Away from Everywhere by Chad Pelley.

Chrisbookarama said...

Teddy- That stinks!

I read one book this month: Generation A

I'm up to 6 now.

Kate said...

Only one more this month, but that takes me up to 13 - I'm a Grain Elevator! But I will continue reading Canadian books, and posting the reviews here...

Galore by Michael Crummey

Luanne said...

Well I made up for no books in December. I read four in January, moving me up to a Totem Pole.

Red Snow by Michael Slade

24 Hours London by Marsha Moore

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

Spin by Catherine McKenzie

Steve said...

One book this month, my 9th, The Lyre of Orpheus by Roberston Davies.

Pooker said...

I had a fab reading month in January - devouring my Christmas booty! Of course once again, I've read more than I've reviewed but here's five for this month bringing my total to 20.

16. Play the Monster Blind by Lynn Coady
17. Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask by Jim Munroe
18. An Unexpected Break in the Weather by Deborah Schnitzer
19. Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
20. Lemon by Cordelia Strube

Gavin said...

I read The World More Full Of Weepingby Robert J. Wiersema.

The Olympics are definitely a political issue right now. I think a lot of pressure comes from corporations who profit from the games.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Well, I managed to add a few more in January bringing me up to 24.

21. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

22. The Diary of Sophia Macnab written at Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, 1846, Age 13

23. The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Barbara Greenwood

24. The Silver Anklet by Mahtab Narsimhan

Jacki said...

I am currently slogging through Erika Ritter's The Dog by the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath. One review I read online (after starting the book of course!) said that the book has an "astonishing lack of focus" and that pretty much sums it up. So until I manage to hit the end of that one, my reading/reviewing will slow. I did however, post one before starting Ritter: Roxanne Willems Snopek's Great Dog Stories: Inspirational Tales about Exceptional Dogs.

I am now up to 8 and can be moved from the Snowmobiles to the Red River Carts.

Kerri said...

I managed to read one very interesting book in January:

The Memory Artists by Jeffrey Moore.

I read Galveston by Paul Quarrington in September, 09 as part of the Challenge.

My total is now at 9 books.

Melwyk said...

I read one this month, Cleavage by Theanna Bischoff.

That takes me up to 7 books, or to the Snowmobiles.

Heather said...

HI All,
It was a good reading month, 6 read and 4 of them reviewed.

First Nations/Aboriginal Fridays - The delta is My Home by Tom McLeod & Mindy

First Nations/Aboriginal Fridays - Beth Cuthand & Mary Longman

My (Worst) Best Sleepover Party by Anna Morgan and Dr. Rachael Turkienicz

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

Rosalynn said...

Total books read: 9. Total books reviewed: 8. Since my last update I've reviewed Galore by Michael Crummey and <a href="> The Idler's Glossary </a> by Mark Kingwell and Joshua Gleen.

The book I've read but have not yet reviewed is February by Lisa Moore.

raidergirl3 said...

I've read:
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Incident Report, both great books. I read The Jade Peony, but never really wrote any review for it.

Heather said...

Guess I should say that brings me to 13 and the Grain Elevator.

Jules said...

I read 2 books for January

The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson


October by Ricahrd B Wright

Total Count is 2 books.
Also my URL for keeping track of the list is here: I signed up but don't see me on the side.

Teena in Toronto said...

I read two Canadian books in January:

"100 Photos That Changed Canada" Mark Reid -

"All of Me" Anne Murray -

That brings my total to 11.

Wanda said...

Suffering from a serious case of January book blahs, I only have one review posted for last month, period.

Jeff Lemire's Essex County Vol.2: Ghost Stories

total = 10

Buried In Print said...

In overall Canlit in January, I've read three works of non-fiction (unusual for a mostly-fiction reader): Dorothy Livesay's Journey With My Selves, Margaret Atwood's Negotiating with the Dead, and Jane Urquhart's L.M. Montgomery. And I've managed two novels, Nicolas Dickner's Nikolski (Trans. Lazer Lenderhendler) and, the one book which does count toward the Challenge I set out for myself, one of Edith Wilson's novels, her first, Hetty Dorval.

So pass the Timbits, please!

gypsysmom said...

I'm a lobster pot now because I finished another Canadian mystery, this time one set in the Yukon:
Killing in Kluane by Jim Lotz who is a new author to me. I'm going to be looking for more of his though.

Lynn said...

My total is now 4.

Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery

It Can Happen to You by Lynn Crymble

Thanks, John.

JK said...

Chalk me up for 3 of this year's Canada Reads contenders. I've read Nikolski

The Jade Peony

Fall on Your Knees

Lesley said...

I read one Canadian book in January, Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman, bringing my total to a meager 2. (hanging head in shame)

Sandra said...

Just an update to let you know I read 7. Random Passage***** by Bernice Morgan (as promised in the Great Compare). Great stuff, I will be reading more of her very soon. Glad I discovered her here, thanks. Also read 8. Nikolski**** by Nicolas Dickner. A fun read but not a favourite I'm afraid. So 8 read, 1 reviewed. I'm still a Timbit technically but I have fun joining in, especially to see what others read.

August said...

I'm up to a total of three books (well, seven read, but only three reviews written). The two I've read since the last time I checked in are:

Leaven of Malice, by Robertson Davies


A Mixture of Frailties, by Robertson Davies

Corey said...


Heaven is Small by Emily Schultz

August said...

Fourth book reviewed!

Generation X, by Douglas Coupland

August said...

Fifth book reviewed!

Century, by Ray Smith

Lelsey said...

Another one under my belt - on a roll, now! My second Canadian book this month is">Someone Knows My Name/The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. My total now stands at 3!

Lesley said...

OK, I must have mistyped the code. Let me try again:

Someone Knows My Name aka The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

August said...

I've finished my sixth review:

Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald

August said...

I've posted my seventh review:

How Happy to Be, by Katrina Onstad

Corey said...


The Incident Report, by Martha Baillie

August said...

My eighth review is up:

Nikolski, by Nicolas Dickner

Bybee said...

5 books...I'm so happy to be snowshoes!

Lesley said...

Another Canadian book read and reviewed this month, bringing my total to four thus far. (Hurray, I'm a fiddle!)

My Famous Evening

August said...

My ninth review is up:

Moody Food, by Ray Robertson

B.Kienapple said...

In January, just one bringing me up to 12 total